International Masters in Economy, State and Society (IMESS), Erasmus Mundus, Europe

The International Masters in Economy, State and Society (IMESS) is an established two-year double degree Masters programme, taught in English and offered by a consortium of leading European universities headed by UCL – London`s research and teaching powerhouse and one of the top five universities worldwide (THES–QS 2009). IMESS draws on an unparalleled pool of resources to offer the definitive Masters course focusing on the economies, states and societies of Central and Eastern Europe.

The programme, recognised for its excellence by the European Uni0n`s Erasmus Mundus Programme, offers three distinct study tracks, reflecting the unique multidisciplinary expertise of the consortium institutions.

The study tracks are:

  • Politics and Security
  • Economics and Business*
  • Nation, History and Society

The IMESS consortium

  • University College London, UK
  • Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
  • Helsinki University, Finland
  • University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
  • Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
  • University of Tartu, Estonia

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PhD Scholarship in Computer Science / Economy at IRIT and GREMAQ, Toulouse, France

We invite, applications for an interdisciplinary 3 years PhD position in computer science and economics. The projects title is: “Epistemic states, Trust and responsibility of economical agents: from theoretical aspects to experimental studies”

Project description:
Recently computer scientists’ interest in more and more complex systems has lead to an increased use of multi-agent approaches. Multi-agent analysis allows the investigation of the interaction of autonomous agents able to make decisions and to execute the necessary actions. The characterization of these agents is done with help of a number of theoretical models, among which modal (in particular epistemic) logics. This implies that the systems and their agents are described in terms of their knowledge, beliefs, goals and intentions.

The concept of trust has been recently studied at the same time in the domain of multi-agent systems as concerning interactions of economic agents. The interaction of economic agents has been traditionally studied concerning monetary profits for the involved actors. However, today it is widely believed that decisions in economic interactions are influenced by beliefs, trust and emotions.

The objective of this research project is to study situations requiring responsibility and trust with experimental economic paradigms. We will evaluate how and when responsibility will lead to trust when interactions are repeated. The resulting states will be formally characterized by using epistemological concepts of trust and responsibility.

The ideal candidate for this position should have training in either computer science or economics, with knowledge in at least one of the areas of formal logic, game theory, simulations.

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